In the post “The Importance of Vitamin K2,” the Big Picture Agriculture blog reports:
Vitamin D and Vitamin K2 work together. Vitamin K2 regulates how Vitamin D works in our bodies. It is K2 that directs calcium into our bones, but prevents it from being deposited into our organs, joints and arteries. It aids in the synthesis of important fats involved in brain metabolism.
Vitamin K2 is also thought to help with blood sugar stability, gene activation, heart and brain health. It plays a preventative role against osteoporosis, atherosclerosis, Alzheimer’s, and cancer.
Inadequate K2 levels are worsened by eating low fat diets which many espouse today, because Vitamin K2 is highest in organ meats, egg yolks, cheese, dairy, and some fermented foods. In addition to diet choices, modern industrialized agriculture, too, plays a role in contributing to this vitamin deficiency.
Industrialized meat systems rely upon grain instead of grass for feeding poultry and cattle. These animals are generally capable of converting K1 into the K2 that we need if raised on a diet of grass, but this conversion doesn’t take place when fed only grain. For example, we know that chickens in the Netherlands are kept outdoors and raised on grass and insects, and eggs from there have twice the amount of K2 as compared to eggs here in the U.S. where they are mostly raised in industrial conditions.
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